Santa Fe Art Museums and Galleries Walking Tour, Santa Fe (Self Guided)

As the oldest capital city in the United States, Santa Fe contains a lot of historical architecture, some dating back to the Spanish Colonial era. It also has many fine museums and galleries, most of them located near the historic downtown plaza. Take this self-guided tour to see Santa Fe’s best museums and galleries.
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Santa Fe Art Museums and Galleries Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Santa Fe Art Museums and Galleries Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Santa Fe (See other walking tours in Santa Fe)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Author: sabrina
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

1) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (must see)

The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, also known as the Institute of American Indian Arts, is located near the city’s central plaza. It is dedicated to the research, publication and exhibition of contemporary Native American artwork, including jewelry, pottery, colorful weaving, paintings and sculptures. There is also a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs.
Blue Rain Gallery

2) Blue Rain Gallery

Blue Rain Gallery displays the works of the best modern Native American artists. It houses an amazing collection of glass and bronze sculptures, jewelry, Pueblo pottery and paintings.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Pop Gallery

3) Pop Gallery

The Pop Gallery, founded in 2007 on Water Street, is a unique gallery that focuses on contemporary art, including animation, pop art, illustration, sculpture and photography.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
New Mexico Museum of Art

4) New Mexico Museum of Art (must see)

The New Mexico Museum of Art, the oldest art museum in the state of New Mexico, is one of four state-run museums in Santa Fe. It is one of eight museums in the state operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Designed by Isaac Rapp and built in 1917, it is an example of Pueblo Revival Style architecture, and one of Santa Fe's best-known representations of the synthesis of Native American and Spanish Colonial design styles. The museum’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art place the art of the region into national and international contexts.

The museum’s collection spans the historic art colonies of Taos and Santa Fe of the past hundred years to cutting-edge contemporary art from around the region and the world. Highlights of the museum’s 20,000 works of art include extensive collections of the Cinco Pintores; the Taos Society of Artists; the largest collection of Gustave Baumann; the Lucy Lippard Collection; major American photographers, including the Jane Reese Williams Collection of women photographers; new media, including video installations; and an important collection of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings. The Museum of Art hosts a changing schedule of temporary exhibitions, including both traveling shows and exhibitions developed by the museum's curatorial staff. In April 2007, the Museum installed "How the West is One," a long-term exhibition based on the museum's permanent collection, reexamining what constitutes "traditional art of the Southwest."

Opening hours: Mondays: May through October 10am-5pm. Closed November through April.Tuesdays - Sundays: 10am-5pm through September 17. Fridays: Open 5 to 7 pm every week May through October.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Manitou Galleries

5) Manitou Galleries

Located in downtown Santa Fe, Manitou Galleries exhibits a wonderful collection of modern paintings, prints, sculpture and jewelry. This exclusive gallery is the perfect place for contemporary art lovers.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Singleton-Biss Museum of Fine Art

6) Singleton-Biss Museum of Fine Art

The Singleton-Biss Museum of Fine Art was established in 2008 by several collectors who wanted to share the works of prominent American modernist artists, Gib Singleton and Earl Biss. Gib Singleton's sculptures and Earl Biss' Native American-themed portraits are beautifully presented.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

7) Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (must see)

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is dedicated to the work of the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and to the study and interpretation of American Modernism. It opened on 17 July 1997, eleven years after the artist's death, and is located at 217 Johnson Street in Santa Fe. The private, non-profit Museum was founded in November 1995 by philanthropists Anne and John Marion, part-time residents of Santa Fe. The first director, Peter H. Hassrick, resigned immediately after the museum opening, leaving Jay Cantor temporaryily charge, as tens of thousands of visitors arrived to view the small edifice and its contents. George King was director from 1998 to 2009.

Initially, the collection was made of 140 O'Keeffe paintings, watercolors, pastels and sculpture, but now its holdings of O'Keeffe works number over 1,000, representing the largest repository of work by O'Keeffe available to the public in a single institution. Subjects range from the artist's innovative abstractions, iconic large-format flower, skull, and landscape paintings, in addition to paintings of architectural forms and rocks, shells, and trees, dating between 1902 and 1984. It is the largest permanent collection of O'Keeffe's work in the world.

Opening hours: Open daily from 9 AM -5 PM and Fridays from 9 AM – 7 PM.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Santa Fe

Create Your Own Walk in Santa Fe

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santa Fe is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums of Santa Fe Walking Tour

Museums of Santa Fe Walking Tour

Museum Hill, on the southeast side of the city, contains several museums devoted to Native American and international folk art. Take this self-guided tour to discover the culture and traditions of Native Americans.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

With the Sangre de Cristo mountains at the backdrop, Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, has long been a place attracting creative minds. The latter is obvious in the signature local Pueblo-style architecture. Founded by the Spanish back in the early 17th century, the city has traditional Plaza at its center surrounded by crooked streets and plethora of historic buildings, such as the Palace of...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Canyon Road Cultural Walk, Santa Fe

Canyon Road Cultural Walk, Santa Fe

Canyon Road, Santa Fe’s richest historical street, houses exclusive galleries, museums and specialty shops. Take a walk in this area to discover Native American and modern art, historical architecture, sculpture and gorgeous gardens.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Religious Walking Tour in Santa Fe

Religious Walking Tour in Santa Fe

Santa Fe has many beautiful churches, some of them dating back to the foundation of the city. Take this self-guided tour to discover the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s artifacts, see the oldest church in the country and enjoy collections of Italian Renaissance and Mexican Baroque paintings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Santa Fe Nightlife Walking Tour

Santa Fe Nightlife Walking Tour

Santa Fe nightlife features a variety of great bars, many of which offer live music performances. Take this self-guided tour to discover the jewels of Santa Fe’s vibrant nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Shopping in Santa Fe

Shopping in Santa Fe

Santa Fe has a wide range of shops where you can find unique gifts, including local handicrafts. Much of the city’s shopping consists of independent retailers. Take this walking tour to find a souvenir to remember your trip to Santa Fe.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Santa Fe for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Santa Fe has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Santa Fe, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.